Automation–Orchestrating Windows Azure–Solving the Public Cloud Puzzle with System Center 2012 SP1
Once again, I am excited to announce the release of even more Example Runbooks –
This time for…Windows Azure!
Now… Let’s be clear, there is no way I can compete with this AWESOME post – that basically went viral yesterday – but, I will try to provide something that is at least 3 parts value, 2 parts innovation and 1 part entertainment. :)
What is included?
- 21 Example Runbooks!
- The Runbooks target Windows Azure via the Orchestrator Integration Pack for Windows Azure and PowerShell for Windows Azure
- 3 Specific Example Demo Scenarios
- Deploy a Windows Azure VM using Orchestrator Runbooks
- Deprovision a Windows Azure VM using Orchestrator Runbooks
- Move a VM from OnPrem Windows Server 2012 to Windows Azure Public Cloud
- Dozens of other potential Demo Scenarios
- The majority of the Runbooks included are “Sub-Routine” type Runbooks, which are generic atomic processes that cover a variety of Windows Azure Deployment and Virtual Machine tasks
- Release Notes / Pre-Requisites (.docx)
- Runbook Listing (.xlsx)
- Deployment Demo Example Data File (.txt)
- Deployment Demo Example Data Listing (.xlsx)
- Video Demonstration! (see below)
- Cascading Dependencies Quick Feature Overview
- External References
- Windows Azure Portal and Information
- Get Started with Windows Azure Cmdlets by Windows Azure Team on MSDN
- Windows Azure PowerShell by Windows Azure Team on MSDN
- Windows Azure PowerShell Download
- How to Create a Certificate for a Role by Windows Azure Team on MSDN
- Migrate a Virtual Machine to Windows Azure with PowerShell by Michael Washam
What is it? Show me the Demo!
Useful Video Timestamps:
00:00:00 - Intro Slides
00:00:58 - Demo of Windows Azure VM Deployment Creation via System Center 2012 SP1 Orchestrator
00:07:21 - Demo of Windows Azure VM Deployment Deprovision via System Center 2012 SP1 Orchestrator
00:11:48 - Demo of OnPrem VM Move to Windows Azure via System Center 2012 SP1 Orchestrator and PS
00:16:29 - Summary
NOTE: The PowerShell Script mentioned in the video exists within the Release Notes / Pre-Requisites documentation included in the download. Also, you will see evidence of a “22.214.171.124 Azure - Create VM Deployment | Verify or Update HOSTS file for Azure Targets” Runbook within the video, yet it is never mentioned (nor is it available in the examples provided) – this was a workaround Runbook required for our SCDEMO Environment given some of our internal network restrictions. Oh, and finally – you will hear reference to my “HVR Runbooks” or “HVR Presentation” – if interested, check it out here: Automation–Orchestrating Hyper-V Replica with System Center for Planned Failover
Where can you find all this stuff?
TechNet Gallery, of course!
NOTE: These Runbooks were created and exported based on the following version of the Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator - Windows Azure Integration Pack: 7.1.3029.0. If this is not the version you see in the Deployment Manager, you will need to download the Integration Pack and redeploy for full Runbook activity functionality.